MoJ scraps legal aid restrictions for victims of domestic violence


New rules removing time limit and allowing admission of fresh categories of evidence will come into force in January Victims previously had to provide evidence of abuse within the past five years. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Owen Bowcott Guardian’s Legal Affairs Correspondent Time limits preventing victims of domestic violence from obtaining legal aid for court hearings will be scrapped … Continue reading MoJ scraps legal aid restrictions for victims of domestic violence

Bill published to end cross-examination of domestic violence victims by perpetrators


By Family Law Week, 23 February 2017 The Government has published a Prisons and Courts Bill which, amongst other matters, seeks to put an end to domestic violence victims being cross-examined by their alleged attackers in the family courts, preventing what the Justice Secretary has described as a “humiliating and appalling” practice. This follows an … Continue reading Bill published to end cross-examination of domestic violence victims by perpetrators

Theresa May’s Plans To Transform How Domestic Violence & Abuse Is Tackled


Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans for a major programme of work leading towards bringing forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act. Originally Published By UK Home Office, 17 February 2017 Theresa May has today announced plans to transform the way we think about and tackle domestic violence and abuse – one of the most … Continue reading Theresa May’s Plans To Transform How Domestic Violence & Abuse Is Tackled

Domestic Violence: Home Office Must Act To Save Lives Of Victims With “Insecure Immigration” Status


Research originally wriiten & published by The Ferret Journalists Women’s lives are at risk from domestic violence because of their immigration status – and the Home Office must take urgent action, claim leading human rights experts.The calls for policy change follow a major UK-wide investigation by The Ferret into the ‘hidden crisis’ of abused women with insecure … Continue reading Domestic Violence: Home Office Must Act To Save Lives Of Victims With “Insecure Immigration” Status

Behind Closed Doors: The Experiences Of Three Victims


Broadcasted by BBC One on Monday the 14th of March 2016 “With unprecedented access to the Thames Valley Police domestic abuse teams and the victims of violence they are helping, this documentary gives an extraordinary insight into the most common violent crime to take place in the home. Shot over 12 months, and starting from … Continue reading Behind Closed Doors: The Experiences Of Three Victims

“Hear Us Out – Loud & Clear” says the child victims of DVA


Written by Kudakwashe Nyakudya Child victims of Domestic Violence & Abuse (DVA) in Scotland have spoken out about the realities of being forced to have court ordered contact with their abusive parents. They have also exposed the challenges they face in having their voices heard. Often in our work, we see that it is normal practice … Continue reading “Hear Us Out – Loud & Clear” says the child victims of DVA